Farmer John: Farmers and consumers reap benefits from local food systems

“‘Ere long, the most valuable of all arts will be the art of deriving a comfortable subsistence from the smallest area of soil. No community whose every member possesses this art can ever be the victim of oppression in any… Continue Reading


Essay: Making things grow in a Virginia Beach community garden

BY DENISE FINKBEINER HOLDEN VIRGINIA BEACH — I’m no farmer, but I can get stuff to grow. Whether I can get family to eat all their vegetables is another matter.  I planted myself out of our Strawbridge-area yard a while… Continue Reading


Students learn about gardening, composting and more at Creeds Elementary School in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — Students at Creeds Elementary School demonstrated a compost tumbler that helps them – and some helpful worms – keep a garden at the rural school. This was the last day of school, and there were high… Continue Reading


Attracting butterflies, hummingbirds to a Virginia Beach garden

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Hummingbirds fascinate us and butterflies delight us, but how do you lure them into your garden? It’s not hard, local gardeners and butterfly enthusiasts say, if you select the right plants and remember a… Continue Reading


A number of ways to brighten winter gardens

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE Cover crops – including clover, rye, and other grasses – are on the rise in southern Virginia Beach this fall as some farmers and home gardeners seek to reduce their use of chemical fertilizers and herbicides.… Continue Reading